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november 10 // ashlyn metcalf

Ashlyn Metcalf

Featured in our gallery for the month of November is Tulsa artist Ashlyn Metcalf.

This body of work is inspired by the renaissance of thought we are now experiencing when it comes to mind altering plants. She is figting specifically for the medical legalization of marajuana here in Oklahoma. She created a few pieces inspired by State Question 788 and the battle between political forces and citizens trying to get medicine. This exhibition is colorful, cerebral, and has grit.

Join us Thursday, November 10th from 6-9pm for the Artist Preview Reception the evening preceding our regularly scheduled 2nd Friday Opening the following night during Live On The Plaza from 7-11pm.

Artist Preview Reception: November 10th // 6pm-9pm
LIVE On The Plaza Opening: November 11th // 7pm-11pm
Exhibit Runs November 10th - December 4th

Ashlyn Metcalf

ARTIST QUESTIONS

What is your medium/process?
I am a painter and I prefer acrylics, markers, and pens. I like painting on surfaces that have a history like discarded library books, scrap material, things that I find etc. I started painting on books a few years ago and I really enjoy seeing the bits of life, story, and marks left by others inside the pages.

In terms of my painting process, I usually have an image in mind before I start and I get a lot of ideas while hiking, being outside, or flipping through the books I might paint on. Part of my process is taking reference photos then working from photos to gain an element of realism. Once I start working on the painting I like to move fast. A lot of my painting technique is intuitive, I don't like thinking too much about laying the paint down, and once it feels finished I leave it alone.

Where are you from?
I grew up in Catoosa, OK. I now live in Tulsa.

How would you describe your latest body of work?
I wanted to create a body of work that was colorful, cerebral, and had some grit. Many of my pieces are messy if you look close up on the surface. I like the layers and mess.

What inspires you?
For this show I was inspired by the renaissance of thought, we are now experiencing, when it comes to mind altering plants. Specifically marijuana, we must fight for its medical legalization here in Oklahoma. I created a few pieces inspired by State Question 788 and the battle between political forces and citizens trying to get medicine. I believe we should have the ability to choose what we put in our bodies.

How did you get started?
I grew up in a rural area with not much to do but explore and create things to entertain yourself. So in a way I never stopped playing and creating.

What are your goals for the future?
I'd like to just keep painting. I would some day like to be able to live off my work-but I am happy to just paint if that does not happen.

What advice do you have to artists?
Make as much art as you can. Constantly create and evolve. Journal and write about your process. Plans will fall into place quite nicely if you make creation your focus.

july 7 // dylan bradway

Dylan Bradway - Warming Up

Join us the evening of July 7 for the opening night of our newest exhibition featuring the work of Dylan Bradway.

This exhibition will be in part a retrospection featuring works, largely unseen, created over a span of eight years. This show will also include many new pieces created in 2016.

ARTIST RECEPTION Thursday, July 7th // 6-9pm
LIVE ON THE PLAZA Friday, July 8th // 7-11pm
Exhibit runs July 7th - August 7th

Dylan Bradway - Blue Flower

april 3 // kelly rogers, sarah k. coffman + reagan kloiber

kelly rogers

Featured in our gallery this month are three artists, Kelly Rogers, Sarah K. Coffman, and Reagan Kloiber.

Kelly Rogers is an Oklahoma City based artist who creates embroidered paintings. Her latest body of work is “Sketches from a Family Album,” inspired by both her collection of antique family photos, and sketches of her family as it is today; these images connect her current family’s story to its historical roots.

Sarah K. Coffman works with a wide variety of mediums, including ink, paint, paper, wood, thread, leather, and found objects, and loves experimenting with woodburning. Although she grew up in Austin, and spent most of her adult life in Brooklyn, she currently resides and works in Oklahoma.

Sarah K. Coffman

Reagan Kloiber uses watercolors and ink on fabric placed on embroidary hoops, then adds stitching to the final work. She describes her latest body of work as beautiful faces with too many eyes, wide open toward truth, wearing tiny crowns of Earth (flowers, insects, spiders) to represent all the simple things that are right in front of us that few people take the time to pay attention too in the hustle and bustle of the media age.

reagan kloiber

Join us Sunday, April 3rd during our regular business hours, 11am-5pm for our special art preview, preceding our regularly scheduled Artist Reception on Thursday, April 8th from 6-9pm, and the 2nd Friday LIVE on the Plaza from 7-11pm.

ART PREVIEW Sunday, April 3rd // 11am-5pm
ARTIST RECEPTION Thursday, April // 8th 6-9pm
LIVE ON THE PLAZA Friday, April 9th // 7-11pm

EXHIBIT RUNS April 3rd - May 6th

ARTIST QUESTIONS

Kelly Rogers

What is your medium/process?
I create embroidered paintings, using my sketches as a pattern. I “draw” each piece with a needle and thread, and then finish the work with drawing inks. I am inspired by the colors of Oklahoma’s landscapes and sunsets, and incorporate them into my color palette for these pieces.

Where are you from?
Oklahoma City

How would you describe your latest body of work?
My latest body of work is “Sketches from a Family Album,” inspired by both my collection of antique family photos, and sketches of my family as it is today; these images connect my current family’s story to its historical roots.

What inspires you?
I am inspired by survival stories, human compassion and resilience, and I have a soft spot for the underdog. I work in a non-profit call center where part of my role involves hearing stories of loss, hope, and survival. I am always amazed at what people are capable of- in the best and worst sense of that expression.  In my work, I reach for those stories of hope, true grit, and triumph over adversity.

How did you get started?
I’ve been an artist since I could color and draw as a child; my professional career unfolded while I was in college, through participation in local exhibitions and arts organizations. Volunteering truly connected me with OKC’s arts community.

What are your goals for the future?
My goal is to make art that reflects to its audience the beauty and power of their own survival. I want my art to say, “I know how it feels, and I know you can make it through this.”

What advice do you have to artists?
Don’t stop; reach for what you don’t feel “ready” for. Create your own contribution to what you want to see in your community, and know that our world is crying out for art made from love.

 

Sarah K. Coffman

What is your medium/process?
I work with all kinds of mediums. Ink, paint, paper, wood, thread, or whatever I find lying around. With my woodburning tool for instance, I have found that you can burn more than just wood. I've done leather, vinyl records and even deer skulls.

Where are you from?
I grew up in Austin, Texas, but have spent most of my alleged adult life in Brooklyn.

How would you describe your latest body of work?
I don't know that I can answer that well. It's what comes from trying to honestly figure out who you are and taking risks to love people who it turns out could never love you back.

What inspires you?
Willie Nelson, old people, good stories, solitude, trash and abandoned spaces.

How did you get started?
I don't remember a beginning. Since I've known me, I've just been making things.

What are your goals for the future?
To get the hell out of Oklahoma, ride an elephant, and give myself chances to be seen.

What advice do you have to other artists?
Ignore as many rules as possible.

 

Reagan Kloiber

What is your medium/process?
I use watercolors and ink on fabric placed on embroidary hoops. I also add thread and stitching to the final work.

Where are you from?
I am Oklahoma born and raised

How would you describe your latest body of work?
I wanted to create beautiful faces with too many eyes, wide open toward truth wearing tiny crowns of Earth (flowers, insects, spiders) to represent all the simple things that are right in front of us that few people take the time to pay attention too in the hustle and bustle of the media age.

What inspires you?
I am always inspired by opposite things. dark and light, hard and soft, color vs black and white, full and empty, happiness/sadness, and making non­pretty things pretty and vice versa. I am inspired by nature and heartache.

How did you get started?
Ive been an artist since I was little but never took it seriously until the last 3­4 years. A few significant life incidents occurred (thankfully) that led me back to art.

What are your goals for the future?
Never again stop creating.

What advice do you have to artists?
Be open to all things/experiences and practice constantly!

 

Dylan Bradway

Dylan Bradway

september 10 // dylan bradway

Keeping it close to home for September, we have new works in the gallery by our very own Dylan Bradway. Vibrant colors bring playful energy to his new paintings while intriguing images build the sense of a deeper story. Many of the works are inspired by a recent sketchbook that draws upon scenarios in his life including "the experiences of the past and present...whether inspiring or traumatic."

We will also be releasing a limited run of full color shirts and pencil bags with Dylan's new work during the artist preview reception on Thursday Sept 10th from 6-9pm.

Read more about the artist below.

Join us Thursday September 10th from 6-9pm for the Artist Preview Reception the evening preceding our regularly scheduled 2nd Friday Opening the following night during Live On The Plaza.

RSVP to the Facebook Event here.

Artist Preview Reception: September 10th // 6pm-9pm LIVE On The Plaza Opening: September 11th // 7pm-11pm Plaza District Festival: September 26th // 11am-10pm Exhibit Runs September 10th – October 5th

Artist Questions Where are you from? Born in Oklahoma City and call it my home today.

How did you get started? Growing up in a creative environment, my focus on visual arts started solidifying towards the end of high school. During college I pursued a degree in Graphic Design with my art serving as more of a personal outlet. Since 2006 I've been building on my artistic career with strong involvement in the local art scene while developing connections outside of the state.

What inspires you? Life, dreams, faces, friends/family, along with my beautiful and talented wife. The experiences of the past and present are influential whether inspiring or traumatic. These influences present themselves in my art, sometimes without conscious intention which can allow myself and others to interpret their meaning.

What is your medium/process? Lately I've been working mainly on wood panels using acrylics and inks, with the subtle embellishments of colored pencil, graphite and spray paint. Usually starting with a loose sketch, I build up layers with washes of color, then focus on finishing the piece with precise line-work. The concepts usually take shape during the sketching process without much planning and I hardly ever use specific reference material which allows for a more fluid thought process.

How would you describe your latest body of work? I've been working within a vibrant color palette to not only break from old habits but to have fun and see what comes from it as I move forward. Many of the pieces are based on sketches I've been compiling over the past year or so, during a time of inner focus and growth for me. The images seem to flow freely as I let my mind relax and allow myself the space to create.

What advice do you have to artists? Keep your mind open, keep growing, experience life and make some art.

What are your goals for the future? Push myself to create more art on a regular basis, with or without a specific project to work towards. Be involved in more public art, which has become a passion of mine. I also want to travel as much as I can, even if it's just a day trip somewhere close by.

kalee jones w.

Kalee Jones W.

august 13th // kalee jones w.

We are excited to have one of our in-store jewelry artists showing her many talents in the gallery. Kalee Jones W. brings a multidiscipline approach to her work with a focus in both sculptural stained glass and abstract style acrylic paintings. The many colors and textures seen in the glass bring inspiration for Kalee and she hopes to bring a closer connection between her sculptures and paintings as she continues to explore the two mediums.

Read more about the artist below.

Join us Thursday August 13th from 6-9pm for the Artist Preview Reception the evening preceding our regularly scheduled 2nd Friday Opening the following night during Live On The Plaza.

RSVP to the Facebook Event here.

Artist Preview Reception: August 13th 6pm-9pm LIVE On The Plaza Opening: August 14th 7pm-11pm Exhibit Runs August 13th – September 4th

Artist Questions Where are you from? Born in Texas, raised in Oklahoma and steeped in Colorado.  I now reside and create art in OKC.

How did you get started? Five years ago, after moving back to Oklahoma, someone gave me a box of my mothers stained glass sheets.  I decided I wanted to give the art form a try. So I did and I liked it.

What inspires you? Visual delight. I am drawn to glass for its many colors and textures as well as its ability to catch and cast light.

What is your medium/process? I work with stained glass to create sculptural pieces, windows and jewelry. I am also a painter working in acrylics.

How would you describe your latest body of work? This body of work is stained glass focused.  I have incorporated various found objects by encapsulating them in stained glass vessels.

What advice do you have to artists? Create create create

What are your goals for the future? A continued exploration of both stained glass and painting, bringing the two mediums closer together.

Ruth Borum Loveland

ruth borum loveland

july 9th // ruth (borum) loveland

With summer in full swing DNA Galleries is happy to announce our latest art exhibition featuring Norman based artist Ruth (Borum) Loveland. As long time fans and close friends, we have had the great opportunity to see Ruth's work progress and evolve over the last decade. Her newest series "demonstrates a slow accumulation of discoveries" which can be appreciated in the various media, use of color and meticulous detail-oriented subject matter. As each piece holds a level of personal meaning to the artist, she truly hopes that the viewer can interpret the works to find their sense of meaning.

Read more about the artist below.

Be sure to join us Thursday July 9th from 6-9pm for the Artist Preview Reception the evening preceding our regularly scheduled 2nd Friday Opening the following night during Live On The Plaza.

RSVP to the Facebook Event here.

Artist Preview Reception: July 9th 6pm-9pm LIVE On The Plaza Opening: July 10th 7pm-11pm Exhibit Runs July 9th – August 7th

ruth borum loveland

Artist Questions // Ruth (Borum) Loveland

Where are you from?
 I am from Oklahoma City

How did you get started?
 I made a conscious shift in the way that I used my free time when I was like... 15. I've been painting regularly ever since.

What inspires you?
 I am inspired by art materials, wood grain, being outdoors, mushrooms, things my son says, things I feel, things I know to be true.

What is your medium/process? I consider all my work as mixed media. It is a combination of pen drawings, photocopied manipulations of pen drawings, transfers of those manipulations, wood-burnings, sanded layers of paint, and acrylic paint applications. I work in a series, so I usually begin a piece where another one left off and the outcome Is always unplanned.

How would you describe your latest body of work? My latest body of work demonstrates a slow accumulation of discoveries. It's centered around the process I have developed around taking an original drawing and manipulating it on a copy machine. When enlarging images, I stay pure to the photocopier, and never scan or digitally alter an image. The stretching that occurs in some of the forms is a movement on the glass of the copier, thus making each output truly original and impacted by the touch of a hand. I love the surprise of taking a drawing and altering it with movement on the copy machine. My recent body of work explores bringing these techniques together, taking me further in my image making journey. My husband went through an intensive course of cancer treatment last year and I find that everything I do now is a meditation of gratitude, community, love, relationships, and repeating, altering, and multiplying the good in our lives. While some of the work carries personal meaning, my greatest wish is that it can be open to the the viewer for their personal interpretation. Each painting can be appreciated for the basic material aspects of color, shape, size, and level of detail. I keep a certain level of feeling and understanding hidden just below the surface of the formal aspects of the work as to allow it to be hung in any space and be an object of interest and consideration.

What advice do you have for other artists? Work on something everyday. Even if it seems inconvenient. Habit is more dependable than inspiration or talent.

What are your goals for the future? Since having my son, I have had to completely rewire my ways of working and am just now gathering my steam back up. I ended up in a full time job, that is really great but includes a commute, so I have to work double hard to carve out time to work in the studio. My goal is to transition back into full time art making through gallery representation and direct work with folks to make art for their homes. I just bought a potters wheel and a tiny kiln so a big goal is to get a regular ceramics practice going. I also want to do more west coast traveling with my husband and son in the future. We go out into the woods around Oklahoma a lot and I want to continue to do more of that.

ruth borum loveland

cassie stover + natalie kent

Cassie-ChickenShit Natalie Kent GEM2

may 8 // cassie stover + natalie kent

We have two female artists in the gallery for May. Cassie Stover has created a series of 8"x10" paintings inspired by animals with comedic and human qualities while adding a bit of her own humor. Natalie Kent's work is comprised of various forms of symbolism and dream imagery which is meant to spark a question in the viewer and leave the meaning behind the work up to interpretation.

 You can RSVP to the Facebook Event here.

Artist Questions

Cassie Stover Lost In The City

Cassie Stover

What is your medium/process? Acrylic on canvas.Where are you from? Oklahoma City, OK

How would you describe your latest body of work?

After realizing how often I post animal photos on my Instagram, I thought to myself, why am I drawn to them and what do they all have in common?  I discerned that they were mostly comedic and took on some form of personification.  As humans, it's pretty fun to see ourselves in other creatures.  So I made a conscious effort to paint animals versus humans and insert a bit of my own humor.

In the past I have worked primarily on large scale pieces.  This time around, I decided to restrict myself to an 8x10 format, which offers up it's own challenges and rewards. Large scale paintings just have that immediate impact, the size alone draws in viewers. Yet working with the 8x10's I have found they feel more intimate, and I can be as bold with color as I please.

Overall, my work has underlying narrative qualities, but only snippets. I want to know where this monkey is going, and why is he lost in the city? Hopefully they viewer will finish the story for his or herself.  That's the fun part. Or at the very least be amused.

How did you get started? I've always been an artist, since I could hold a crayon I suppose.  I've been one of the lucky ones, with a family that encouraged and supported me from childhood to adulthood to pursue the arts.

What are your goals for the future? Stay motivated.

Natalie Kent The Sage

Natalie Kent

What is your medium/process? I work in a variety of mediums ranging from graphite pencil, pen and ink, or Prismacolor pencil to large acrylic paintings. Lately I've enjoyed focusing on small drawings and illustrations.

Where are you from? Houston, Texas, living and working in Edmond.

How would you describe your latest body of work? This latest body of my work relies heavily on symbolism and dream imagery. I enjoyed creating these pieces with a lot of unanswered questions so that- like dreams- the meaning may vary from viewer to viewer. I think one of the most powerful elements in art is the power of interpretation. Good art doesn't just give you the answer, it lets you find it on your own.

What inspires you? Dreams, metaphors, Renaissance & Surrealist art, and nature. I'd say 99% of my work usually falls in one of those categories. I bring my sketchbook everywhere I go and it's filled with notes of last night's dreams, doodles, urban sketches, ideas for future paintings... we live in an amazing world full of the most fascinating things. It's hard not to be inspired.

How did you get started? I began creating art when I was very young. Some kids would sell lemonade in the neighborhood and I would sell art for 5 cents, setting up shop on a little table at the end of my driveway and busting out one-of-a-kind Picasso-esque Crayola marker pieces. My parents were very supportive of my interest in art and enrolled me in oil painting and watercolor classes throughout middle school and high school.

What are your goals for the future? My goals for the near future are to transition into developing larger paintings. Working on a large scale is out of my comfort zone and honestly a bit intimidating for me, but as an artist I think it's imperative to challenge yourself and push your limits on a semi-regular basis to improve yourself. There's no growth in the comfort zone.

As far as long-term goals, I plan on continuing to create art and show my work in Oklahoma City.

amber black + lauren miller

Amber Black

Lauren Miller

april 10 // amber rae black + lauren miller

This month’s 2nd Friday features the improbably elaborate drawings of local artists Amber Rae Black and Lauren Miller. We particularly enjoy the way the individual artist’s themes of duality intertwine with the similar use of materials to directly compliment one other. Amber’s work portrays hauntingly hopeful depictions of “life and growth out of pain and loss”. Lauren Miller’s latest series of graphite portraits on birch panel is similarly themed in it’s emphasis on “freedom from deeply rooted lies” and putting faith in the unseen.

RSVP for the Facebook Event here.

ARTIST QUESTIONS

Amber Black

AMBER RAE BLACK

What is your medium/process? I like working in mixed mediums but I usually start with drawing. Drawing is my home. In general, I am in love with a tactile process and being swept up in that moment when the work just flows.

Where are you from? I was born and raised in Oklahoma.

How would you describe your latest body of work? All of my current work has, in some way, been inspired by the sudden death of a young loved one and the witnessing of her passing. It began as catharsis and is intended to express both the moment of death and also the exquisite pain that transforms and awakens those left to mourn that loss. I hope the pieces communicate a life and growth that is born out of pain and loss.

What inspires you? Memories, dreams, personal experiences. I am inspired, in the most part, by personal experiences and tend to work somewhat autobiographically. My art is often an attempt to hold onto or relive a moment or feeling.

How did you get started? I always made art as a kid and felt most like myself when making art. My parents and grandparents also always encouraged me to keep going. I just never stopped.

What are your goals for the future? I just want to keep making art and to get better at it. I would also possibly like to do some form of art therapy with children or women someday.

Artists Statement: The body of work 'Bright Crossing' was inspired by the sudden death of a young loved one and the witnessing of her passing. The work began as catharsis and continued out of a desire to linger in the threshold between life and the moment of death. The mixture of mediums is meant to draw a contrast between the frailty of ephemeral flesh and the bright intangibility of the spiritual. The colors symbolize the spirit but also the life and growth that is born out of pain and loss. The work is intended to express both the moment of a souls departure and also the exquisite pain that transforms and awakens those left to mourn that loss.

 

Lauren Miller

LAUREN MILLER

What is your medium/process? Graphite and acrylic paint on birch panels.

Where are you from? Oklahoma City

How would you describe your latest body of work? My collection is about finding freedom from deeply rooted lies I've believed and what it is to place my hope in the unseen God who I've given my life to.

What inspires you? The beauty that comes with struggle.

How did you get started? I’ve been creating most of my life.

What are your goals for the future? To continue to dig deeper and create art that inspires and moves.

 

Colby Bowers and Jamie Pettis

Colby Bowers

Jamie Pettis

january 9 // colby bowers + jamie pettis

This month, we are showing Oklahoma based Colby Bowers and former native Jamie Pettis. Both artists blend their bodies of brilliantly prismatic work for our 2nd friday artist feature.

Colby has drawn inspiration from the natural world for his recent body of work. His vibrant high contrast subjects, both animal and insect, contrast against a vibrant singular colored background. Jamie’s works are inspired by her roots in Oklahoma. Expanding on her recent series of cityscapes, she has created her own vision of downtown Oklahoma City while blending a cast of her signature portraits to bring together a feel of “coming home."

Make sure to come out to the opening Friday,  January 9th from 7-11pm.

You can RSVP to the Facebook event here.

We are also releasing a limited edition t-shirt/print combination this Friday. Dylan Bradway’s trademark bunny character from his 2008 series is making a re-entrance for a limited time. Print and shirt combination will be available this month while supplies last for $75, a savings of $20.

Colby Bowers

Artist Questions

Colby Bowers What is your medium process? I am currently working in spray paint and acrylics with bright and distinct pallets.

Where are you from? Born in Duncan, OK. Currently living in Choctaw, OK.

What inspires you? For this group of paintings I wanted to have some fun with the creative process drawing inspiration from the patterns and shapes of the animal and insect world. My inspiration begins with a strong desire to be creative and curiosity of the natural world.

How did you get started? I've been doodling, drawing, and playing music most of my life but my passion for art really began while studying art at UCO.

What are your goals for the future? I hope to continue to develop my skills as a painter, further explore color and composition in order to define my style, and ultimately inspire others to be creative.

Jamie Pettis

Jaime Pettis What is your medium process? Currently, I predominantly use oils on canvas. Often on larger scale pieces, however, I will base the canvas (first coat of the painting) with acrylics. For some reason I feel freer and more okay with using a ton of acrylics to get the canvas covered. After that, everything is done in oils. Oils are the best.

Where are you from? I grew up in a town called Holdenville in southeast Oklahoma. My freshman through junior years of high school I moved to Norman. My senior year of high school I moved back to Holdenville and graduated there.

What inspires you? Coming home to Oklahoma inspires me; people inspire me. The message in my current works is very much OKC centered. Although I'm known for my obsession of painting faces, recently my fans have taken a huge interest in an ongoing series which I call ‘Growing Cities’. I love painting people, but over the years that is what I have focused on primarily. With some suggestions, however, I decided to break out of the portraiture mind frame, and free up into something else. One day I just picked up a brush, and began throwing down various brush strokes that started to form into a city skyline. Once I realized it could be turned into a city I began to think of OKC, and let that channel through me as my source of inspiration. That particular piece sold to a woman in San Francisco before I could even exhibit it, and ‘Growing Cities’ started it’s journey. People started requesting skylines, and interpretations of their owncities, and suddenly I had commission work in demand like I’d never experienced before. And so what I’ve done with this current show is incorporated my love for faces with the peoples love for my cities which is a ‘win win’ for everyone! In the end, my theme with the DNA exhibit is centered around Oklahoma City, and coming home.!

How did you get started? I got started in my father's art studio in downtown Holdenville, Oklahoma. He's a painter, too, and he would take us to paint with him every Saturday.

What are your goals for the future? This past year I've been working to make painting a more full-time thing which was one of last years goals. I'd say I'm about 3/4 of the way there. This years goals are to achieve that full-time closure, and take my work to the next level. I want to get to a place with my composition where I feel like I've truly 'stepped-up', and grown. From there, I want more people to see my work by getting it seen in different cities such as Los Angeles, NYC, and Minneapolis.

Bjorn Bauer December

Bjorn Bauer

victory in loss by bjorn bauer // dec 12

For December we fill our gallery with "Victory In Loss" a new series of oil painting and individually embellished screen prints by Oklahoma based artist Bjorn Bauer. The series contains a consistent theme but builds a visual contrast between the styles and qualities seen in the paintings and prints.

Make sure to RSVP to the Facebook Event, just follow this link.

bjornbauerart.com facebook.com/bjornbauerart

Bjorn  Bauer

Artist Questions What is your medium/process? Primarily oil painting and screen printing, but I also experiment with mixed media and take on various illustration projects.

Where are you from? I lived in Germany until I was eight, then lived in the Philippines, Cambodia, and Malaysia, but I've lived in Oklahoma for the past fourteen years.

How would you describe your latest body of work? This latest set of pieces is titled Victory in Loss, and these pieces mark somewhat of a shift form my previous work, which has mostly been in a more straightforwardly expressionist style. The new work consists of oil paintings and individually embellished screen prints.  I've used a consistent set of symbols and subject matter in the whole set; but the paintings are in a more polished, surrealist style; whereas the prints are more intense and much grittier. I think this will present an interesting contrast visually; and, in a way, the contrast reflects the themes in the title.

What inspires you? My wife, my students, Gustav Klimt, the Smashing Pumpkins, and anyone who exhibits exemplary creativity or kindness.

How did you get started? As a kid, drawing was my natural response to anything interesting, so I realized pretty early on that I needed to create images in some capacity.

What are your goals for the future? I'd like to show my work in Berlin someday. I'd also like to go back to art school and earn an MFA. I want to be the best artist I can be, even if it takes me until I'm 100 years old.

alesa clymer & "driving against balance" by jamie pettis

new works by alesa clymer &"driving against balance" by jamie pettis january 11th

We will be featuring 2 incredibly talented ladies next Friday for the Plaza art walk. Alesa Clymer is a recent graduate of UCO whose humerous characterized illustrations reflect her geek pride. Jamie Pettis is an Oklahoma expat living in Arizona. She creates richly colored female figures that blend abstracted forms with the subjects features.

In the shop we have been working to refresh our products for the new year and upcoming move. We have a selection of shirts marked down for a limited time. Hope you enjoyed your friends and family, we look forward to seeing you in the new year!

Please take a minute to read our artist questionnaires below.

Alesa Clymer

alesa clymer: artist questionnare

How would you describe your work? My work fits into the category of the Lowbrow art movement, or Pop Surrealism. I describe my work as illustrations that narrate my own satirical sense of humor and geek pride.

What inspires you? The inspirations that guide my work consist of dialogue with friends and family and the art that is found in comics and cartoons, computer and console games, and movies and tv series. I find humor in everything and I am easily inspired to create from common pleasures.

How did you get started? In elementary school, I caught on quick that other people enjoyed my stories and drawings and I began writing and illustrating my own short stories on scratch paper. I stuck with my interest in art throughout primary school and continued my education at the University of Central Oklahoma, obtaining a BFA. I still feel as though I am just getting started although I have been creating my entire life.

What are your goals for the future? The majority of graduates that get an art degree seem to stop creating once they are done getting their degree, or at least most of the ones that I know have done so. My goals are to never stop creating, and to continue sharing my work.

Jamie Pettis

jamie pettis: artist questionnare

How would you describe your work? My work is very rich in color. Color is like candy for my eyes, and when I'm creating one of my pieces I get to experience the pure pleasure of seeing that colored image in my head for days.  I love drawing/painting women, and in general, people. I love to capture expression, and after much diligence feel as though I've near mastered the difficult ability to capture eyes, noses, and mouths (ears, too). When drawing people I do not stop in realism. I add to those pieces with my own free, abstract expressions of color, and flowing lines and edges. I really have no plans when I create. It's all very retrospect. I find when I think too hard about 'making' something, I stand still.

What inspires you? I'm inspired by truth. Whenever asked to state one of those little quotations that describes me, I always respond with 'Sit in the truth'. However, I can't take credit for the quote; an old therapist of mine said it to me once. This last year I've made a lot of changes in my life towards my goals and wants. One thing that has become very apparent to me is that I must be exactly what it is I want to be in this life. For awhile I became caught up in what looks good for a career, and became driven by the fear of finances. With this came a lot of unhappiness and dissatisfaction because for me my dreams will never just go away. In turn, I had to get real with myself and take a leap of faith towards my own personal truth a big part of which has been a greater pursuance of my art. With this said, all of this has been a major driving force in my most recent work, and it has fueled me to only become even more honest with myself as a person. In turn, I am moved to pass it on to others through my work in hopes to inspire them to do the same in their own lives.

How did you get started? Growing up my dad use to take us to his art studio every Saturday in downtown Holdenville, Oklahoma, population around 5,700 (last time I checked). My dad was a lawyer, but also an artist. It was interesting because this art studio (which was built originally as an office in the early 1900's) looked just like a historic New York City loft. My dad would draw in rich oil pastels, and us kids would use whatever medium we could get our hands on and go at it. Interestingly enough, that set in motion the style in art that I would adapt later, and also my love for Manhattan. Coincidentally, Manhattan played a major in my style after spending a summer there doing  an internship for Marc Jacobs. I majored in fashion design in college, and the fashion rendering classes I took, as well as working for Marc Jacobs, had an underlying influence on my hand.

What are your goals for the future? My goals for the future? In the long term I want to be painting, making music, and acting full time. Someone told me once that I'm a 'triple threat' (I think that's what they called it). I want all 3 of these things very much (and I've been involved with all 3 of these things throughout my life), and can never decided to pursue only one. These goals have been the same ever since I can remember....In the short term, I would like to start showing my work in galleries in Los Angeles, as well as make an appearance in Juxtapoz magazine.